AISRI engages in a variety of projects. Listed below are the three primary project catagories that the institute pursues.
AISRI research activities focus around several major, interrelated topical areas:
Editorial projects that make the results of research widely available to scholars, tribal members, and the general public is one of the primary goals of AISRI. Publication of important documents, employing the highest standard of historical editing, is a major focus. Throughout the history of the study of American Indians, Indians and non-Indians alike have recorded a vast range of descriptive material—ethnographic, historical, and linguistic—that has remained unpublished in archives. Preparation of those materials for publication requires interdisciplinary skills, drawing on the concepts and methods of anthropology, history, and linguistics, to make those documents optimally useful for understanding the American Indian past.
One of the primary goals of AISRI is to work cooperatively with American Indian educational institutions to make the products of scientific research available to the communities in which the research was conducted. Today the foremost concern of most communities is language loss and language retention. To address that concern, AISRI has worked for over a decade to develop language curricula and other materials that can support language instruction programs in elementary and secondary schools as well as in community colleges.